Tag Archives: interpretation

Does knowing about a writer help us appreciate their work?

The answer to the titular question may at first seem obvious. We may be tempted to simply say “Of course it does!” and quickly move on to the next thought, the next article, the next post, the next photo, the next next. I would ask us though to pause a moment and reflect because what […]

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On intention

A few months back Nick wrote a very interesting post on hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s films, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey. As Nick points out, there are layers of clues and subtle communications within Kubrick’s works, some of which may not have been intended for the average viewer at all but rather aimed at […]

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Wondering about Bowie

I wrote last week about the difficult pleasure of trying to interpret David Bowie’s songs. Some people probably think it’s pointless to try and find any meaning in his lyrics in the first place because of his famous “cut-up” method for generating lines. And others would argue in a general way that all art is […]

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Listening to Bowie: the playful dichotomies

David Bowie keeps getting more and more interesting. Never mind that he died on January 10 this year. Good works don’t die, and death doesn’t seem to have done anything to dull the luster of his songs. If literary immortality means achieving the kind of life now shared by the likes of Dante Alighieri and […]

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